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Daniel Evans hands first loss to 2021 to Novak Djokovic at Monte Carlo Masters

MONACO -- Top-ranked Novak Djokovic lost 6-4, 7-5 to Dan Evans on Thursday in the third round of the Monte Carlo Masters for his first defeat of the year.

The Australian Open champion was 10-0 coming into the match but faced pressure from the outset as he trailed 3-0 to the unseeded British player in their first meeting.

Djokovic dropped his serve five times in windy conditions. Evans, after breaking for a 6-5 lead, clinched victory on his first match point with a forehand winner that clipped the net.

"It probably hasn't sunk in yet, I couldn't quite believe that last ball went over the net.